Staying Fit at Home
Many of us have found ourselves spending a lot more time at home lately! Whether working at home or couch surfing with Netflix, taking fewer journeys outside the house means fewer steps. With gyms now closed, we’re faced with the need to get creative to fit in physical activity—but don’t worry! You have many options to stay fit without your usual spinning or Zumba® class.
Five ways to stay fit at home
Here are five ways you can incorporate activity into your at-home routine:
1. Remember to stand up. Standing for up to 15 minutes has a positive impact on your health for improved posture and increased blood flow. While you’re working or relaxing, remember to stand up regularly and walk around. You can also find an elevated counter or table at which you can stand comfortably and work for a short period of time.
2. Do some chores. Walking up and down stairs to do the laundry, standing to wash dishes, washing the windows, vacuuming… it’s all physical activity. Taking time to spring clean will help to refresh your surroundings and let you get in some movement while you’re at it.
3. Try a fitness app. Free and paid apps are available for workouts you can do in your home. Required equipment ranges from just your sneakers to much more, and really, the sky is the limit in terms of how intense you care to go! You can purchase any equipment you may need from online services such as Amazon, download your app of choice and work out when you get a chance—without ever having to leave the house!
4. Visit a local fitness business online. As our entire world is being encouraged to stay at home, many local and national businesses are live-streaming workouts. Check out the Facebook pages or websites of your favorite yoga studio, barre studio, gym, etc. for possible offerings during the week.
5. Get outside! As the weather gets nicer, you can take a simple walk, run or bike ride around the block, in a park or at your local bike path. Breathing the fresh air and feeling the sun on your face can lift your spirits. Just remember to practice social distancing to keep yourself and your family healthy!
Activity is good for you—in more ways than one
Physical activity helps to reduce your risk for health conditions, but can also help you manage anxiety and depression, which is important to your overall well-being. You can also burn off extra calories you may have consumed as a result of social distancing within your home, when snacks are always an arm-reach away. So why not choose one or more activities, and get to it? Your future self will thank you!
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This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant as medical advice.